IDF soldiers by the Gaza border fence. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) cleared for publication on Sunday that it apprehended a member of the Hamas military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
According to a statement made by the Shin Bet, the 17-year-old resident of Gaza was part of the Beit Lahiya battalion of al-Qassam Brigades. He was captured shortly after infiltrating Israel through the Gaza border fence during a large scale interagency operation conducted by the Shin Bet, the IDF, and the Israel Police in May.
According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the arrest and subsequent interrogation of the minor yielded invaluable information about Hamas’s tunnel-warfare capability
as well as information about the the terrorist organization’s recruitment process and training in addition to intelligence about other operatives of Hamas’s military wing.
“The perpetrator conveyed valuable information regarding Hamas activities in the northern Gaza Strip and especially Hamas’s offensive tunnels,” stated an IDF spokesperson. “Additional information was revealed regarding Hamas’s methods of building tunnels, communication within the tunnels, and multiple digging locations intended to be used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel during conflict.”
According to the Shin Bet, the suspect revealed revealed the locations of numerous tunnel entrances inside the Gaza Strip, many of which are located in civilian complexes such as densely populated residential buildings, mosques, and schools.
“The tunnel entrances are located in such a way that deliberately puts the civilian population in Gaza at risk,” stated the Shin Bet communications department.